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Teen Programs

A great place to meet students with similar interests, the Museum offers a range of programs for creative teens and those interested in art history. Contact Alice Novak, Curator of Education to learn more.



The Muses

The MUSES is a teen council that meets to enjoy creative experiences in the galleries and to plan arts event for teens in Montgomery. To learn how to represent your school
and become part of the MUSES, please contact Alice Novak at 334.240.4361.
An Expressive Evening, hosted by the MUSES Teen Council
Thursday, January 19, 6 P.M.

Enjoy a FREE evening of creativity at the Museum with other teens. Each year the Teen Council designs and hosts a tableau of artistic expression presented by local students. Past acts have included readings of poetry inspired by works in the Museum’s collection; performances of arias, folk, and classical music; traditional Indian dance and ballet; speed drawing on stage set to music; commercials and dramatic readings; and much more. Come enjoy this year’s lineup.

In the Arts, hosted by the MUSES and BTW
Thursday, March 2, 5-7 P.M.
In the Arts is designed for teens who dream of working in the arts.  This FREE event offers them a chance to interact with professionals working in the visual arts, design, performance, and literature, and to ask about the education, career paths, and skills of those serving in leadership and creative roles in the arts. Many presenters bring examples of current projects. All ages are welcome at the event.


AP Art History


Calling all high school students, do you enjoy learning about the different cultures of the world, thinking about how artistic tastes, styles, and technologies have changed through the ages? Are you interested in the political and religious messages behind works of art or the way we interact with space and meanings in architecture? Join our AP Art History class and learn to identify works of art by artist or time period, to analyze individual works of art in depth, to compare and contrast art from different world cultures and periods, and to examine influences in art. Over the years, students from many schools have achieved a great deal in the art history class at the Museum, deepened their understanding of the Museum’s collections and exhibitions, and had a great time doing so.  Come carry on the tradition!

The class meets daily at 7:25 A.M. in the Museum library. The course is FREE and offered for academically motivated students from all schools and the homeschool community. To apply, please contact Alice Novak, 334-240-4361. The deadline is April 28.

AP Art History is sponsored by the BBVA Compass Foundation.


Middle and High School Classes

– English teachers, bring your students to practice Ekphrastic writing (or writing in response to works of art!) in the galleries. Co-lead a writing workshop with a Museum and host a reading at the end.

– History teachers, don’t forget about the American historical sources hanging all over the Museum walls. Call us about an American history gallery talk or writing assignment for your students.

– Foreign language teachers, bring your students to discuss works of art in a second language. We can help you find references to your country of focus in our collection. We have Museum docents who speak German, Spanish, and Korean.

– Math and science teachers, brainstorm with us to think about applications of mathematics and science in works of art and architecture, explore the wall in ARTWORKS based on the Fibonacci sequence and more.

-Interested in having your students learn more about working at an art Museum? Call about the possibility of partnering on a Junior Curators or Junior Docent program or to take a behind the scenes tour of the Museum.

To explore these or any other school partnerships, please call Alice Novak at 334.240.4361.

Studio Classes

(Ages 14 and Older)

Studio classes are available for teens and adults throughout the year. Classes offer instruction in a variety of art mediums, including digital media. 

Clay Workshop with Chris Greenman
The first session of the workshop will be open to participants, their guests, and other Museum members. On February 2 expert potter and Associate Professor of Art at Alabama State University Dr. Chris Greenman will present a gallery talk in the exhibition Nature, Tradition, Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection. After the enriching discussion, participants will be invited to the Orientation Circle where beverages will be available for purchase. The evening will finish with a delightful demonstration by Dr. Greenman, who will create a beautiful clay piece in Japanese tradition.

In remaining two sessions of this unique workshop, Dr. Greenman will lead participants in creating Japanese-inspired items intended for daily use, guiding them through making a sushi plate, a tokuri-sake server, and a sake cup or teabowl! After the pieces have been bisque fired, students will return to complete their sets by decorating them with glazes safe for everyday use.
All materials provided.

Instructor: Chris Greenman
Gallery Talk: 6 to 8 P. M.; Thursday, February 2
Workshop Time and Dates: 6 to 8 P.M.; Thursdays, February 9 and March 2
Workshop Cost: $90 members/$120 nonmembers

Quilting Workshop
This weekend workshop will begin with an engaging discussion on quilting techniques and traditions led by Ellen Baker.  Immediately following, there will be a book signing for Baker’s book 1-2-3 Quilt. Next, participants will move to the studio for quilt-related activities emphasizing the contrast between traditional pattern techniques and improvisational quilting. The product outcomes may range from wall hangings to pillows to trivets, depending on the individual interests of the participants! All materials provided.
Instructor: Ellen Baker
Time and Date: 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.; Saturday, March 18
Cost: $90 members/$120 nonmembers



Tuition cost will be refunded if a class is canceled.

For a full refund, cancellations must be made NO LATER THAN 2 WEEKS BEFORE
the class, workshop, or camp begins. After that time a 25%

administrative fee will be charged.